You should never go back. Experience had taught them that, but like a planet with its own gravity, the past wouldn't let them go. Seeking a future in the broken dreams of yesterday, Major Birch and his crew discover that dreams can't be fixed when they become nightmares.
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The crew of the Hypnos III returned to a future Earth from a failed mission to colonize a distant planet. What they found was a greater nightmare than they could have imagined, and escape was their only option. In a desperate run from the Hell Earth was promising them, the Hypnos III heads into space, free again, but with nowhere to go except back to planet R67.3. A two year journey into the unknown again, Birch may not like it, but Jane seems hell bent on returning there. With a prisoner on board, and everyone in cryostatis, what could go wrong? Is it possible the ship itself is trying to kill Birch after his cryogenic tube fails? Anything that may have happened onboard pales in comparison as they return to the bleak and desolate, R67.3 and discover the hidden monsters who were once the human groundbreakers in the building and colonization of this planet. There is death, violence and blood. Blood everywhere, blood meant for one purpose, and it had nothing to do with colonization. As the tension between the four member crew becomes more brittle and razor taut, the barbs from Jane toward Birch are finally revealed to be part of the reason she had to return. But now, the race to find a way off this nightmare has become a life and death game that only their young Ares prisoner may be able to solve. Is it possible escape lies in a video game from centuries ago? Can the young gamer discover the secrets to freedom before it is too late as the hordes of demonic guards pound down on them? Their lives in the hands of a young enemy, the countdown to death only moments away, where is there to go now? Are they just prolonging the inevitable? Better a death in space than at the hands of a madman… FALLBACK by L.E. Howel is pure action, pure tension and pure science fiction genius! I have always been in awe of the strength an astronaut shows in heading into the unknown with only a metal box between them and death. After reading L.E. Howel’s tale of outer space explorations and the imaginings of what may be out there, I’m happy to take this journey from the comfort of my chair, thank you, very much! L.E. Howel gives vivid and intense descriptions, from the scenes to the backgrounds to the brutality of the surface of R67.3. And the personality clashes of the crew? Brilliant! It felt real as the air at times felt it could have been cut with a knife. So many twists, so many shocking discoveries and I felt like I was there! I received this copy from L.E. Howel in exchange for my honest review.
I was given an e-copy of Fallback (Planetfall Book II) by author L. E. Howel for review. You may have noticed my last review was on the first book in this series; Planetfall. Lucky me, I got to read both books back to back. To answer the question that I'm sure is foremost on your mind (why else would you be reading this review?), Fallback is as good as the first book. The story picks up right where the first book ended and the action continues uninterrupted. Five characters are front and center for this installment. No spoiler here, they leave Earth and return to the colony they were supposed to have started. What they find on the colonized planet is not what they expect, and therein lies the story. As in the first book, our heroic group does not particularly like each other or get along, but they do their jobs. If anything, Fallback is even more action packed than Planetfall. Author Howel does not waste time on what would be slow passages in other books. He keeps us engaged the whole time. Lots of graphic violence, no sex (how could there be, nobody likes anybody else) and more character development than I am used to in an action story. The negative? There has to be something, right? The bane of my reading existence; the dreaded cliffhanger ending! AAAARRGGH! We have to wait until fall for the next book, but what you gonna do, a 1200 page book might be a bit intimidating, so breaking it into shorter books is probably a good thing. I enjoyed the heck out of Fallback (Planetfall Book II) by author L. E. Howel, and if you are a fan of action/fantasy/sci-fi, I'm pretty sure you will too. I encourage you to give this series a look. I will try to be patient while waiting for the next book. Enjoy! Mike